I know you might be intimidated by the price of Google Pixel devices. Though there are many impeccable features, you may not be able to get your hands on one unit on your own due to the budget constraint.
One of the impressive features Google integrated with Pixel is the Google assistant. We all know that the one phone Google aims to drop the popularity of is iPhone itself. The voice assistant on iPhone, Siri is still a huge hit among gadget freaks. That’s why Google has stepped into developing a voice assistant app. Rumors say that the tech giant is now in search of comedy writers to add humor touch to the responses of the assistant app.
Whatever be the rumor, one thing is for sure. You can’t avail the app on a non-Pixel device. Only Google Pixel users will get the chance to play with Google Assistant.
But don’t worry! I have a solution with which you can get Google Assistant on other Android devices as well.
How to Get Google Assistant on non-Pixel Android Devices?
I don’t recommend everyone to follow the steps given below to get Google Assistant because the process involves sensitive steps.
You need a rooted device with a file browser having root access. Moreover, you must have Android 7.0 Nougat or higher. The version of Google apps should be 18.104.22.168 or higher as well.
If you meet all the requirements I gave above, you can proceed to getting Google Assistant on your phone.
Step 1: First, you have to open the file browser with root access. Browse to the system directory then. You must ensure that you mount the folder as read and write so as to modify the files inside it.
Step 2: Now, you must look out for a file called build.prop. Once you find it, go ahead to open it with a text editor. I recommend you use a file manager with text editing capabilities to make the process easier and smooth.
Step 3: Scroll through the lines to find out ro.product.model=. We have to make a slight modification here. Just delete everything after equal to sign on the same line and, replace it with Pixel XL (with the exact caps).
So the line will look like ro.product.model=Pixel XL.
Step 4: Again, you have to modify the file. Now, scroll down to the bottom of the file and, add a line at the end.
It will enable the device to run Google Assistant.
Step 5: Reboot your device after applying both the modifications I have given. Once it boots up, press and hold the home button to launch the app.
Oops! Can’t you launch Google Assistant?
Don’t worry! Go to apps>> Google. You can see a button that says Clear all data. Simply press on it. There you go! You have just cleared all the prewritten data.
Step 6: Go right back to the home screen. Then, press and hold the home button to launch Google Assistant. There it is!
I hope you now know how to get Google Assistant on non-Pixel devices. Of course, it is a risky process given that rooting voids the warranty of your device.
Do it only if you are desperate to have Google Assistant on your device. If you are a techie with multiple devices, you have nothing to lose in trying this.
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